During the autumn semester, CAMERA’s Emet for Israel group at the University of Albany, Great Danes For Israel (GDFI), recently hosted an event entitled Shooting Under Fire in an effort to engage and inform a diverse audience about current events in Israel from an unbiased perspective. Gil Cohen-Magen, a photojournalist who has documented key occurrences in Israel, was invited to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict and the difficulties of living in Israel during a war.
Tal Cohen, a member of Great Danes For Israel, told CAMERA that “Cohen-Magen was very humble when discussing where his photos were published and by the end people were very impressed with Gil.”
The group worked hard to promote their event along with the Communications Department, the Journalism Department, and the Documentary Studies Department, in order to encourage an open dialogue on campus. As a result of this event, the group has founded and enriched partnerships with other organizations on campus, and in doing so, exposed previously uninvolved students to new ideas and Israel-related concepts.